Drive Yet Distracted? Don’t Despair, There’s Hope for You Yet!

Drive Yet Distracted? Don’t Despair, There’s Hope for You Yet!

Honey, have you seen my briefcase? My keys? And, how about my phone? Okay, you’re ready to roll, if you could just remember where you left your stuff. Or, is this you? You’re driven to take on more and more without completing projects you’ve already begun? Or, you frequently get off track? A flash of light, a cloud of dust… what was the question again?

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), you live or work with someone having it, or you merely encounter problems typically associated with ADD, this article may provide you a lot of relief.

In our fast-paced, ever-changing, information-overloaded, media-glutted world, even people without ADD experience disorganization, distractibility, impatience, and impulsivity (acting before thinking). We are bombarded with media messages and information every day. We are now faced with more noise and distraction than ever before. At work, we are expected to do more and more with less and less time, money, and other resources. And, the pace of doing everything, not just business, has increased significantly. As a result, we’ve become very impatient and impulsive. The number of roles professionals must play–employee, supervisor, mother, father, daughter, son, volunteer, friend–creates additional stress.

But, don’t despair. There is relief from this stress. At last, you can find long-awaited answers to the questions you’ve been asking. First, medication may correct problems of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity and make you capable of having a relatively “normal” life. However, medications alone cannot teach you how to compensate for life skills that were never learned. Although you may be capable of more appropriate behavior, you must still learn what is expected and how those expectations might be met.

Medications for ADD are continually improving. The older stimulants do have side effects such as weight loss, headaches, oversensitivity, and insomnia. However, newer medications have evolved to overcome some of these side effects. Nutri-ceuticals or homeopathics (also referred to as nutritional supplements) provide relief from ADD symptoms without many of the complications associated with pharmaceuticals.

Second, we have the options of counseling/therapy or behavioral coach. Professionals in the medical field usually recommend one or both of these to supplement medication. If you have AD/HD, you may or may not need counseling. In fact, if you have no significant emotional challenges, past issues needing resolution, addiction, depression, or anxietyyou, you may be better off with a coach. This is because you are more likely to need practical coaching strategies allowing you to accomplish mundane daily tasks like getting to work on time, making regular payments on bills, and learning other time/stress management or organization skills.

If you are healthy, high-functioning, success-driven, and self-motivated, ADD coaching can provide the structure, support and skills when you need them. It also holds people accountable. And, because ADDers tend to lose focus, they often need this accountability. The main objective of coaching is to identify what is preventing you from reaching a specific goal and to work with you to create a specific plan for reaching that goal. Coaching is becoming increasingly popular among high-performance individuals.

Whether you choose one, two, or all three of these options, here are a few points to remember if you encounter impulsivity, impatience, distractibility, memory problems, and disorganization:

  • Take breaks and move around periodically at work. It breaks the monotony of sedentary (inactive) work. Take fruit/raw vegetables for lunch so you can work out on your lunch break.


  • Reduce or eliminate altogether food additive, artificial colorings, flavorings, refined sugar, aspartame (artificial sweetener), and preservatives. Eat food that is less processed, in its least refined form.


  • Take a multi-vitamin as well as B6, calcium, magnesium, flaxseed oil, fish oil, and garlic


  • Arrange your workday to provide blocks of uninterrupted “quiet” time.


  • Minimize noise and distractions by forwarding calls to voicemail or incoming email pings during your “quiet” time; close your office door, or use earplugs or sound-screening machines.


  • Take copious notes during meetings if you find yourself daydreaming or, worse yet, dozing.

  • Turn off your radio, cell phone, computer. Close your blinds if you have an office window.


  • Clear your desk of distracting clutter. Handle papers as little as possible, preferably only once. Place paperwork in tiers with the highest priority work on top. Then place the next highest below it and halfway over to the right, and so on. Then, as you go through your work day, work from one paper to the next, from left to right until you’ve filed, acted on, or thrown away each piece.

You may already do some of these things. That’s great! Identify these and other personal solutions. Then, success is just a matter of doing more of what works for you.

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If your organization is looking for a speaker or if you are interested in a free, 30-minute consultation, please contact me using the information below. Thank you and have a productive day!

Barbara Jordan, 
Author, Trainer/Facilitator, Executive Coach

LPI (Leadership Practices Inventory) Certified Coach

DISC Certified Behavior Analyst

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